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					Dignity in
  Dying
 "Please Help Me Die"
                Dianne Pretty 2002




  Your life, Your Choice
Dignity in Dying
                                There vision is
‘Dignity in
                                to secure the
Dying’ is a                     right for
CAUSE group.                    everyone to be
                    What        able to die with
                    type of     dignity at the
                                end of their
                    group is    life.
                    this?




A cause group is               Gives people a
where people from              choice to put
any backgrounds
                               an end to their
join together to
support a cause
                               pain and
which results in               suffering
helping others.
Dignity in Dying
       UK Membership of Dignity in Dying is £20.00 for an
    individual, or £30.00 for two people at the same address.
• By joining Dignity in Dying and supporting our campaign you are helping to change the law.
When you join you get a free Living Will and you'll be kept up-to-date with our members'
magazine.
• Dignity in Dying members are entitled to £10 discount on the initial joining price of Medic
Alert, a medical identification charity which communicates your Living Will directly to doctors
in an emergency.
• Dignity in Dying is funded entirely by voluntary contributions. Only with your support and
the support of our other members will we be able to campaign to change the law. We are the
only organisation working to ensure that people like Diane Pretty have the legal right to
choose medical help to die and avoid suffering and indignity at the end of their lives.
  Dignity in Dying
• Dignity in Dying                          With your help
is dedicated to                             we can continue
                                            to work along
changing the law                            side terminally ill
and putting the                             people and help
                                            get their voices
wishes of the                               heard by
patient first.                              Government.




                                      • Dignity in Dying
"I want to know that if things get    campaigns so hard to
too bad, on a consistent and
lasting basis, I could receive help   change the law.
to end my suffering. I do not want    Wanting terminally ill
to have to commit suicide before I
become physically unable to end       people to be able to
my life – and before I am ready to
die. The law is forcing me to         choose how and when
contemplate a terrifying prospect,    they die, and doctors
and I will do everything I can to
change it.”                           to be free to listen to
Debbie Purdy
Dignity in Dying Campaigner           their patients'
                                      wishes without the fear
                                      of prosecution.
Dignity in Dying
•  Dignity in Dying vision is for everyone to be guaranteed
             choice and dignity at the end of their life.
• Palliative care and medical treatment should be patient-
      led and include a legal right to effective pain relief to
                        help ease suffering.
 • Dignity in Dying want end-of-life decision making to be
      open and honest, and firmly under the control of the
                              patient.
   • Dignity in Dying want a full range of choices to be
       available to terminally ill people including medically
        assisted dying within strict legal safeguards. Such
    legal safeguards would also protect the vulnerable and
        remove the conditions that give rise to unchecked
                 euthanasia and "mercy killings".
                                        Dignity in Dying
                                        Dignity in dying most recent campaign is the Turner Family. All they ask is for you to ask your
                                        MP to support the family and by signing the petition. You can also write to the select committees
                                        dealing with the Dying for the Terminally Ill Bill
The Letter to the MP in order to help




                                                  As you may have seen in the news terminally ill, mentally competent, Dr Anne Turner became the
                                                  forty second British citizen to travel to Switzerland in the past three years to receive assistance to die.
                                                  This sad case closely followed ground breaking research conducted by Professor Clive Seale, from
                                                  Brunel University, who found that doctors in the UK illegally assist, on average, eight patients a day to
                                                  die (3,000 cases per annum). This situation would be resolved by the Assisted Dying for the
                                                  Terminally Ill (ADTI) Bill 2005, which is being considered in the Lords.
Dignity in Dying campaign




                                                  The Bill would allow competent, terminally ill adults, who are suffering unbearably, to ask their doctors
                                                  for a prescription which they can self-administer with the purpose of ending their unbearable suffering.
                                                  It would not change the law of murder and would not allow voluntary euthanasia or mercy killings. It
                                                  contains over twenty safeguards and is the safest Bill of its type ever introduced in the world. The
                                                  Joint Committee on Human Rights twice passed the Bill as safe.

                                                  The House of Lords Select Committee, which recently considered the issue, visited Oregon (USA) to
                                                  study the workings of the Oregon Death with Dignity Act 1997. This Act is very similar to the Bill. In
                                                  nine out of ten oral evidence sessions held in Oregon, the Committee heard that the law is working
                                                  safely and effectively without abuse. After considering all the evidence, the majority of Select
                                                  Committee members have confirmed they support the ADTI Bill.

                                                  Please make a start at addressing this problem by signing Early Day Motion 1494. I look forward to
                                                  receiving your reply.
      Dignity in Dying
The campaign to change the law on assisted dying has made tremendous progress over the past four years. Lord
Joffe's Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill Bill was temporarily blocked in the House of Lords in May, but Dignity in
                       Dying are working to bring a new Bill to Parliament in the near future.
 As you can imagine, when you are terminally ill and are suffering unbearably you are often too unwell to
        leave your home or even your bed. This makes it hard to get your voice heard in Parliament.
                       Please don't leave these patients without a voice. Take Action! today.

  Dignity in Dying lobbies Government and Parliament to change the law to improve patient choice. We also defend
  patients legal rights over refusing life-prolonging medical treatment. We also support patients being able to ask for
  life-prolonging treatment.
  They have worked closely with Lord Joffe on drafting the Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill Bill which is
  currently in Parliament.
Dignity in Dying
             Many Pressure groups use celebrities to promote
             and try gain more publicity for their group. Zoë
             Wanamaker joined as a patron as well as Brain
             Pretty who is well known for his wife, Diane Pretty,
             who fought for voluntary euthanasia. Sir Jonathan
             Miller CBE, and author Michael Holroyd CBE.
             Renowned scientist Baroness Susan Greenfield is
             also a patron.



Our law forces people to make difficult
   and heart-wrenching decisions for
themselves and about the people they
    love most. Only by showing and
explaining how people are affected can
   we get through to those who can
  change our cruel law. Please tell us
your experiences. It makes a world of
         difference. Thank you.
          Zoë Wanamaker
                 Diane Pretty
                         http://news.bbc.co.uk/olmedia/1955000/video/
                         _1957456_pretty_clip1_monaandjohn_vi.ram

• Diane Pretty suffered from                                       • Diane Pretty was facing a
Motor Neurone Disease, this                                        humiliating and degrading death
disease became so advanced                                         which would be "distressing and
that she was unable to move                                        undignified". It was said that she
or communicate easily she                                          wishes to avoid such a death. In
wished to end her life.                                            English law she would be free to
                                                                   do so if she were physically
• This is illegal in Britain and                                   capable of taking her own life,
since Diane wanted to die at                                       unassisted."
home, Diane and her husband        Pretty said she had no rights
took her case to court using                                         • In a statement issued on
the Human Rights act. The                                            Sunday by the Voluntary
courts rejected Diane's                                              Euthanasia Society (VES), now
arguments The European                                               called Dignity in Dying, Mr Pretty
Court of Human Rights                                                said "I was with Diane most of
refused to acknowledge that                                          the day and was about to come
the European Convention on                                           home when I was stopped and
Human Rights provided a                                              told it was time.
right to die, and her appeal to                                      "And then for Diane it was over,
that court also failed. Diane                                        free at last."
died without assistance on
11th May 2002.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/olmedia/1980000/audio/_1983694_death22_annetts.ram
    Terri Schiavo
Theresa Marie "Terri" Schiavo (December 3, 1963 – March 31, 2005), from St.
Petersburg, Florida was a brain damaged patient with a feeding tube. She collapsed in
her home on February 25, 1990 and experienced respiratory and cardiac arrest, leading
to 15 years of institutionalization and a diagnosis of persistent vegetative state (PVS).
In 1998, Michael Schiavo, her husband and guardian, petitioned the Pinellas County
Circuit Court to remove her feeding tube; Robert and Mary Schindler, her parents,
opposed this, arguing she was aware. Court battles stretched on for seven years and
included involvement by politicians and advocacy groups. As her surrogate decision-
maker, a trial court determined that Terri would not wish to continue life-prolonging
measures. Before that court's decision was carried out, on March 18, 2005, the state
and national legislatures had intervened against it with laws that were signed by the
executive branch, but overturned by the courts. These events resulted in extensive
national and international media coverage.
By March 2005, the legal history around the Schiavo case included fourteen appeals
and numerous motions, petitions, and hearings in the Florida courts; five suits in
Federal District Court; Florida legislation struck down by the Supreme Court of Florida;
a subpoena by a congressional committee to qualify Schiavo for witness protection;
federal legislation (Palm Sunday Compromise); and four denials of certiorari from the
Supreme Court of the United States. Her feeding tube was removed a third and final
time on March 18, 2005. She died thirteen days later of dehydration at a Pinellas Park
hospice on March 31, 2005, at the age of 41.
Deborah Annetts continued. "Today, Mrs Taylor spoke to me and said that she wants
her suffering to end. She told me: 'This is about the quality of my life. I sleep 18 hours
a day and I have terrible nightmares as a result of my medication. I am in constant
pain, suffer from breathlessness and have bed sores. I do not want to have to leave
the UK in order to die'."

Mrs Taylor is in an intolerable position. Her case highlights the impossible dilemma that the current
law presents to patients with terminal illness where pain relief and palliative care do not work to
relieve their condition. Mrs Taylor told me that she wants to be able to choose the place, manner and
time of her sedation which she knows may lead to her death, and would certainly do so if her living
will was allowed to come into effect," said Deborah Annetts.
"We understand a Directions hearing is taking place in the High Court Family Division today
(February 12th) where lawyers for Mrs Taylor will ask that she be allowed to receive at home,
sufficient morphine pain relief that she no longer feels the pain of her symptoms. The effect of the
morphine treatment if given in sufficient quantity may be that she will become unconscious. A second
effect of the administration of morphine is that it will hasten her death within a week or so of the
commencement.

				
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